ICRC Vice President Gilles Carbonnier visits Indonesia to promote humanitarian cooperation
Jakarta – Vice-president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Dr Gilles Carbonnier paid an official visit to Jakarta from 7 - 8 December 2021. He also attended the 14th Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua on 9 December.
Vice President Carbonnier held a series of meetings with the coordinating minister for economic affairs Mr. Airlangga Hartarto, the minister of foreign affairs Ms Retno L.P. Marsudi, the minister of finance Ms Sri Mulyani Indrawati, the ASEAN deputy secretary-general for political security community Mr Michael Tene, and chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Mr H.M. Jusuf Kalla.
During the meetings, Dr. Carbonnier discussed ICRC's activities in Indonesia including its COVID-19 response in the eastern parts such as the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, Papua and Papua Barat, in partnership with the Indonesian Red Cross.
With ASEAN, he discussed building further the relationship with the Secretariat and member states. As Indonesia assumes the Presidency of the G-20, Dr. Carbonnier discussed themes promoted by the Indonesian Government with ministers in charge, including global health and digital transformation.
"I am glad to be back in Indonesia to develop further our dialogue with Indonesian authorities, ASEAN as well as the Indonesian Red Cross. We are proactively deepening cooperation on strategic and operational humanitarian priorities," says Vice President Carbonnier.
"As a neutral, independent, and impartial humanitarian organization, the ICRC looks forward to expanding joint initiatives in favour of people in fragile contexts affected by the cumulative effects of protracted conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic," explains Vice President Carbonnier.
The ICRC's exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. The ICRC also endeavours to prevent suffering by promoting and strengthening international humanitarian law (IHL) and universal humanitarian principles. The ICRC has had a permanent presence in Indonesia since 1987.